Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A Pirate Sale for Me!

Ahoy Matey’s! Did you know that tomorrow is “Talk Like a Pirate” day? Have your students compose a sea chanty storybook with A Pirates Life or review musical symbols with I Spy Musical Treasure Hunt or Ahoy Matey’s. They are all 20% off today! Check all of them out here. Need some help in talking like a pirate? Check out this website.  

TpT Gift Card Winner!

I had a BLAST reading everyone’s answers to the TpT Giftcard Facebook Hop! Thank you for participating. We have a winner for the $10 gift card! Check your Facebook message inbox for details! Congratulations!!! And be sure to check and see if you won from any of the other pages that participated in the hop as well! Remember to take advantage of the sale tomorrow! And don’t forget that discount code: ONEDAY 

Best Year Ever TpT Gift Card Giveaway and More!

I just finished my first week back at lessons. It was good, but students quickly reminded me that they aren’t quite in that “back to lessons” mode. I do keep that in mind when I plan for the first week and we do review things to get back in the groove. This year I gave students a fun lead sheet book, Cod Webster, by TeachPianoToday. And for my younger students that needed a bit of note review, we went through Nuts about Note Reading. I just added that one to ForScore on the iPad and we read and played together […]

Best Year Ever (Sale and Giveaway)!

I’m super excited because I truly feel that this year is going to be the BEST YEAR EVER! It is the year that I will be expecting mindful and purposeful practicing from my students in the You’re A Star! program. It is the year that my music lab will be so organized with purposeful assignments each week that will allow students to set goals and reflect on their progress. (More on that will be revealed REAL SOON!) How about you? Will it be your BEST YEAR EVER too? I’ve been working hard in creating helpful resources that will lead you to this […]

Purposeful Practice

  One of my favorite things to talk about and create things for is practice. I’ve created lots of different practice tools for my students over the years after all it is something they must do if they want to get better, right? I think one reason I find the subject so fascinating is that despite all our efforts as teachers, there is still those students that just don’t do it. Why do you think that is? Well we can spend quite a bit of time speculating and as we know the reasons will vary depending on the student. But […]

Don’t Let These Slip By…

Happy Canada day to all you teachers in Canada! I have lots of fabulous teacher friends from Canada! Isn’t it awesome that we can meet and keep in touch with teachers from all over the world nowadays? It’s pretty amazing! I’m over in the U.S. celebrating 4th of July coming up Monday. There are several deals that you will want to take advantage of so I thought I would quickly share them… 1- First, let’s start off with a FREEBIE! I have a BRAND NEW product that is FREE through July 4th. After you check them out here, be sure to check […]

Storybook Compositions

This year in the studio my big focus was on composition. Each month I would have my students create a storyline along with a melody that would go with their story. As the months progressed they were adding to their story and their composition. I LOVED putting these two concepts together into one, calling it “Creative Story Compositions.” On the very last month I had them choose a couple of their pages that they felt would go well together and put together a complete composition using an ABA pattern with an optional Coda adding in the bass clef. (If we had more time, I […]